Stop This Man! (Hard Case Crime #58)
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Stop This Man! (Hard Case Crime #58)

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When the thirty-six pounds of gold he steals from a lab turns out to be radioactive, down-and-out thief Tony Catell has to stay one step ahead of the FBI while trying desperately to find someone willing to take it off his hands.
Mass Market Paperback, 221 pages
Published August 1st 2009 by Hard Case Crime (first published 1955)
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Dan Schwent
Tony Catell stole a gold ingot from a university science lab. Too bad the thing was radioactive. Now Tony has to get to LA to unload the radioactive gold bar on someone. The FBI is on Tony's trail, as is an alcoholic ex-lover. Can Tony's syndicate connections get him out of trouble? And what about his young lover?

Sometimes, I wonder how they pick the reprints for the Hard Case series. While this one was well written and fairly exciting, the main character wasn't likeable at all, especially in re...more
Career criminal Tony Catell steals a gold ingot which happens to be radioactive. Not deterred by the ramifications and danger to his health he proceeds to shop the bounty across the US in search of a big payday. Leaving a trail of bodies in his wake, Tony finds himself mixed up in mob business and the primary target of the FBI.

STOP THIS MAN! Could’ve been really good, rather author Peter Rabe seemed to have suffered from a case of complacency in the mediocre. At times I wasn’t sure which direct...more
Peter Rabe’s Stop This Man! is a hardboiled crime thriller dealing with the theft of radioactive gold. Now that surely has to be a fun combination, and so it proves.

Tony Catell is a big-time criminal, or at least he was until he got sent down for an eight-year stretch in the penitentiary. Now he’s more or less forgotten, a has-been, and he’s pushing fifty. But Tony Catell is not finished yet. No sir. He’s not going to be a nobody. He’s going to be a big shot again. When one of his few remaining...more
Ganesh bless Hard Case for reprinting such entertaining, obscure pulp reads like this. The originals, if you can find them, are pricey and the paper often is the kind that will get all up in your sinuses and nest. I just hope they get around to all of Peter Rabe's work, particularly The Box. That's my favorite and it reminds me of Paul Bowles if he got a little more seedy and hungover, instead of just highed up on kif.
This title starts out a little slow, feels a little done before at first, bu...more
So Tony Catell, straight out of the joint, steals a block of gold. It was an easy job, the research lab where it was kept having lousy security. This gold is his future. Except he can't get rid of it, because it's been irradiated and it kills everyone who comes into contact with it (although Tony seems to last longer than anyone else). "Irradiated gold," a scientist solemnly tells the FBI agent, "has a half-life of one day. That means that after a day has passed, its radioactivity has reduced it...more
This was a nice little post-war fear novel. Frank, thief extraordinaire (and very lightly-drawn character) steals a 35-pound (or so) gold nugget from a physics lab. This nugget has been used in nuclear experiments and is quite radioactive. So Frank, in is desperation to avoid being caught and sent *back* to prison, leaves a trail of sickness and death across the country.

The book is more entertaining for its 1950's zeitgeist than it is for the story itself. So little was known about radiation poi...more
A book on the low end of Hard Case's quality spectrum, this has a creative plot, that is unfortunately far from the scientific facts. The characters are all kind of annoying, with the exception of The Turtle, who is kind of amazingly funny. In any case, there are way better books in this series than this one.
Decent little potboiler, indebted to the movie version of Kiss Me Deadly, in which a small-time hood ends up with an irradiated gold brick and totes it around with him unto the ends of the earth and beyond love, caring, or friendship. Some nice hard-boiled bits and some clangy wimmen problems, particularly an icky s/m subtext where he humiliates this young woman and she, of course, likes it. Bleh.
I really wanted to like this book, the premise was good and the variety of characters was nice. Rabe's writing was off, though, the characters lacked depth and appeal. I just couldn't seem to keep up with anyone or anything.
Wow, I really hated this book. I read the whole thing and I have, like, no idea what the f**k happened. Other than that Peter Rabe apparently pulled the "science" out of his ass.
this was a new writer for me and i found this novel noir completely engrossing.couldn't put it down.

Ridiculous but once you go along with it it's entertaining. Good ending.
Dated but readable - #58 of the Hard Case Crime series that I've been reading.
One of the worst Hard Case Crime novels I have read to date.
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Peter Rabe aka Peter Rabinowitsch, was a German American writer who also used the nom de plumes Marco Malaponte and J. T. MacCargo (though not all of the latter's books were by him). Rabe was the author of over 30 books, mostly of crime fiction, published between 1955 and 1975.
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“In the first instant of seeing, of knowing, Catell heard the terrible sounds of everything that breaks, bursts, and rips apart beyond repair, and the mad turning of all that moves, speeds, dashes about for a while, turning like a giant wheel, around, around. Then the wheel stopped.” 1 likes
“Catell reached forward, lunging and the world jarred with a screeching searing flame of red that weaved, burst, and then sank sharply into itself, leaving nothing but a total dead black.” 1 likes
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